Women members of the Plenary Council will today have an opportunity to meet and connect with each other in an event organised by Women and the Australian Church, in partnership with Australian Catholic University and Catholic Religious Australia.
WATAC president Andrea Dean said less than a third of Plenary Council members are women.
“As many of the women are from a range of backgrounds and locations, many will have had little opportunity to connect with each other and share their ideas as women,” Ms Dean said.
CRA executive director Anne Walker said today’s event at ACU’s North Sydney campus would encourage “women members of the Plenary Council to explore and discuss issues that are relevant and important within the Church.
“These women have a diverse range of perspectives, and lived experiences of being a Catholic woman in the Church today,” Ms Walker said. “I expect a variety of reflections on the question ‘What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?’ The collective intelligence and wisdom of these women are gifts to the Church. Together, this event aims to provide a space that will be open and respectful to allow for frank and courageous conversation.”
Professor Dermot Nestor, executive dean for the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at ACU, said the event, which would include a virtual connection and breakout groups, along with time for prayer and reflection, “would provide an important and timely opportunity for women members to get to know each other personally and to have collective and coordinated conversation.”
WATAC to host gathering of women members of Plenary Council (CRA, ACU and WATAC)